This house designed by Architect Ezequiel Rivarola in collaboration with Clorindo Testa is located next to a cliff in a very peculiar spot in the Argentinean coast.
The starting point of the complete project, of which only the first stage has been constructed, is the relation between two cubical solids proposed by Testa. The house opens progressively to the surrounding landscape from the ground floor to the upper floors.
Interior inhabitation is privileged as a shelter in a severe climate. The layout of the cubes intends to protect the inhabitants from the steady wind.
From the general implantation decision to the relation with the sorrounding landscape, the house is determined not to be fully opened to the sea taking into account harsh climatic conditions and an inhabitation idea anticipated in previous projects, it privileges interior living thus the connection with the exterior in some spaces is restrained (as in ground floor) and then the house opens up in the upper floors.
The cubes, like artificial rocks on the ground, resemble the geological formations of the area. The shifts between the cubes and the subtractions and additions allow the creation of new spaces.
The interior space is generated from simple geometrical shapes that with complex operations produce different opening degrees to the wind, the sights, the sun and the activities and also a ludic and deconstructed language.
From the beginning the project was conceived in two stages which resulted in the bipolarity of the solids that allows several functional combinations.
The bedrooms and a public area are placed in the ground floor, the kitchen, dining room, living room are placed on the upper floor, there is also a terraced roof that generates a special relation with the sea.
Pontoporia is the scientific name of the dolphin of the Plata, a specie that can be seen from the house.
The house was awarded in the 2009 Biennial Exposition of the Architects Association of the Province of Buenos Aires (CAPBA).
Architects: Era Arquitectos | Arch. Clorindo Testa – Arch. Ezequiel Rivarola
Project Leader: Eric Cowper
Project Team: Esteban Arribas, Pablo Dellepiane, Carolina Winitzky, Mercedes García Sierra, Ana Konopka
Location: Rocas Negras, Mar del Sud, Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Area: 125 sqm
Master of Works: Arch. Ezequiel Rivarola
Photographs: Pablo Valda